If you have been following me on Instastories and/or Facebook Stories, you have seen a bit of the updates with the renovations. Peter and I just got home on Sunday evening and to see the difference was amazing!! There are so many details that have to be decided on, purchased and installed. Some are fun to choose, some are not and just necessary. Today, I am going to show you one of the FUN details we decided on!!
A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a custom piece of art that was done by a friend that stopped me in my tracks. It was a painting of a shark tooth.
This was something that got me very excited. If you know me and my family, you know we have a very special place that we go to probably a dozen times a Summer – Sharks Tooth Island. Each trip is a guarantee of at least 12-20 shark teeth. We have been collecting these shark teeth for a couple years now and have a mason jar full of them.
I immediately contacted Michelle and asked her if she could do something similar for us. She was more than excited to take on the project!! I asked Matti Jane, Chandler and Shay to each pick out their favorite tooth and Michelle paint them for us.
These are in order from left to right – Matti Jane, Chandler and Shay.
Michelle had a lot of questions, to make sure I was happy at the end of the project –
Do you want to paint each tooth showing significant size difference or make the shapes different as they are but all teeth about the same size? (No need to show the drastic size difference. But wld like to show them as different teeth (texture and shape).) Do you want to disregard the actual colors of the tooth and paint them all in the colors like the ones I posted? (Yes, please do it color-wise similar to what you did on the one you posted. I will send you a screenshot of the cement tile I’m using in there. But, in general, we use A LOT of blues…navy, royal to turquoise. The cement tile has grey in it as well. But also wld love a bit of the gold leaf you included in your original.) Do you want all painted with the point of the tooth down? (Yes, tooth down please.) All canvases with be in vertical position correct? (Yes) With 24″ as the length and 20″ as the width? (Yes)
And, here they are!!! I am just IN LOVE!!! A. the personal meaning behind it. B. the gold leaf is SO GOOD!! C. Each canvas has the kids’ name on it, so they know which tooth is theirs.
I knew exactly where I want them to go…along the mudroom wall. It will be white shiplap and the canvases will look awesome there.
A bit of history about Michelle and my friendship. It all began over body painting. Yep, you read that correctly, haha!! Michelle is an incredible artist and during my time as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader, Michelle did body paint on me for a couple of calendars. (And, for the record, I volunteered to do body paint, I was never forced to or made to feel like I would not get a month without doing so 😉 It was always done in a classy way and would do it again!!) Michelle still works with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders but also has her own art studio in Florida and works with clients all over the country to do custom pieces. I highly recommend reaching out to Michelle if you are looking for a custom piece for your own home!! Email – firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her via Facebook.